Samsung shoots for the phablet limelight with the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+
So far, Samsung's 2015 top-tier smartphones have impressed, offering great build quality, stunning looks and great cameras. Now that we're heading towards the end of the year, it's time to turn to the phablet side of things. Gizmag is on the ground at the launch event in New York with the company outing two new smartphones – the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+.
Running on the latest 5.1 Lollipop version of Android, the Note 5 has the same specs as the Note 4: 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 2,560 x 1,440 display. Given how nice-looking that device's display was, we can't complain on this count. The Note 5 is powered by a 64-bit octa core processor paired with a whopping 4 GB RAM. There's LTE Category 9 on board, as well as 16 MP front and 5MP rear cameras.
The Note line's signature S Pen stylus returns, with a few improvements included. The stylus features a clicking mechanism that makes it easier to remove from the phone, and it's more precise than previous versions. There's also a new added ability to take notes on the screen without unlocking the display.
Perhaps the most notable upgrade on the new Note comes in its build quality, with the handset featuring aluminum sides and a glass back, just like the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. There's also a curved glass back here, designed to make it easier to grip with one hand. We loved the higher-end feel of Samsung's 2015 flagships, so it's great to see the Note 5 follow suit.
Samsung also announced a Blackberry-like keyboard case for the Note 5. It clips onto the front of the device to provide a physical keyboard when you need it, and can be clipped onto the back of the phone when you don't.
As expected, Samsung had a second handset to show off at its New York event, revealing the Galaxy S6 edge+. Aside from that curved display, the specs – from chipset to optics – are identical to the Note 5.
Users will be able to pin apps and contacts, accessing them by swiping in from the curved edge, and there's a new live broadcasting feature that works with YouTube. The big difference between the Note 5 and edge+? Well, aside from the obvious curved edges, there's no S Pen included here, calling the device out as a direct competitor to Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.
One other big feature was also announced in the form of fast wireless charging. The tech is included in both new handsets, and allows users to get a full charge in just two hours.
Both handsets are scheduled to go on sale next week, on August 21 (carriers will be announcing pricing on their own terms). Be sure to check back soon for Gizmag's hands-on impressions of Samsung's two new phablets.